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LH 141: Companion Planting Veggies & Flowers

LH 141: How to draw in beneficials and pollinators with flowers

There are huge rewards when you grow your vegetables and flowers in one space of your garden.

In this episode, I bring on flower farmer, Lisa Ziegler to explore exactly how we should companion plant to draw in beneficial insects, pollinators and so much more.

 

You will learn:

  •      Which flowers will help your tomatoes and why
  •      How your planting space determines sunflower height
  •      The difference between cool and warm season annuals
  •      How to prevent overwhelm when growing veggies
  •      Why native bees are so awesome for veggies
  •      A different way to do CSA farm memberships
  •      Lisa’s favorite sunflower for cut flower bouquets

 

Lisa Mason Ziegler:Lisa Mason Ziegler on LivingHomegrown.com

Lisa Mason Ziegler is a cut-flower farmer, author, and nationally recognized speaker on organic gardening.  Farming since 1998; her small urban farm produces thousands of stems of flowers and an abundance of vegetables each week in season.

Lisa gathers experiences from day-to-day life on her farm, hosts on-farm workshops and travels about speaking and teaching on this good life of urban farming. Connect with Lisa at TheGardenersWorkshop.com.

 

Resources & Links Mentioned:

Vegetables Love Flowers by Lisa Mason Ziegler on LivingHomegrown.com

The Gardeners Workshop – Lisa’s website

Vegetables Love Flowers* – Lisa’s book

Vegetables Love Flowers Virtual Book Study Program – Free lessons to go with Lisa’s book 

Cool Flowers* – Lisa’s book

To get signed copies of Lisa’s Books, go HERE!

Easy Cut Flower Garden* – Lisa’s guide

The Flower Farmer* – book by Lynn ByczynskiCool Flowers by Lisa Mason Ziegler on LivingHomegrown.com

 

Related Episodes:

Episode #95: Growing Organic Flowers with Floret Farm

Episode #98: How a Garden Book is Born (Floret)

 

Transcript:

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy® and is the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two teenage boys and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.

3 Comments:

  • Sharon says:

    This was such a great episode. I loved how humble and matter of fact Lisa is – she is so easy to relate to and to think ‘I could do that too’. I loved that she named varieties of flowers- very useful. I’ve always included flowers in my veg garden and now I’ll plant even more. Thank you!

  • Maery Rose says:

    This was such a good episode and convinced me to go ahead and order the book. Growing flowers and cutting them is something I’ve wanted to do but haven’t known where to start. Plus, with limited space, I felt I couldn’t afford to give space to flowers. But it sounds like you’ve made it work in your smallish garden and Lisa’s communication style made me think I can do this. Thank you!

  • Kimberly Mendoza says:

    Loved this episode so much! Lisa’s demeanor and beautiful Southern charm (and accent) are delightful. Her tips on incorporating flowers among vegetables were simple and accessible. I can’t wait to try them for Warm AND Cool Seasons. Thank you!

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